Tesla to Restock Sold-Out Wireless Phone Charger at a Discount

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tesla is notifying customers that it will soon restock its wireless phone charger at a discount, after the device quickly sold out when it was released late last month.


    The Verge reports that emails are going out to customers informing them that the Tesla Wireless Charger, originally costing $65, will return to the electric car maker's online store at a roughly $15 discount, thanks to a higher production run this time around.

    The battery-powered Qi-based charger features a sleek white or black enclosure, a 6,000 mAh battery for charging on the go, 5W of output, a built-in USB-C cable for Android devices, and a USB-A port that supports faster wired charging.

    Tesla says customers who purchased the charger when it first went on sale in August will be refunded the $16 difference, but the company omitted to mention when the discounted version will be available. We'll update this post if we learn more.

    Article Link: Tesla to Restock Sold-Out Wireless Phone Charger at a Discount
  2. supercoolmanchu macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2012
    They should have just called this product Regret. The Elon Musk Reality Disappointment Field strikes again.

    Though I wonder... can you use these exploding phone chargers to oxygen starve an inferno from one of his exploding cars?

    Or would you also need one of his exploding rockets and the flamethrower too?
  3. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    Is there anything special about this charger that the competition doesn’t have (except for the logo)?
  4. fumi2014 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2014
  5. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    It’s wireless...
  6. rom3o macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2014
    Is there an other battery pack with built-in wireless charging that supports 7.5W for iPhones?
  7. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2014
    Competition have been making wireless power banks for quite some time too...
  8. bLackjackj macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2016
    Really? So how do you charge the charger,..magically in thin air, Lol :rolleyes:
  9. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    It's got Elon's Blessing.
  10. photograft macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2016
    Well, it is a portable battery, not just a wireless charger.
  11. bLackjackj macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2016
    And thats all?,..aaah okay.

    So let me get this straight. Its not a fast charger, and it says Tesla. Riggght...
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  12. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    It was actually available to order? I looked about 15 minutes after hearing about it on twitter and the links were all dead by then.

    No, if you are looking for specs. It should be noted that it is a Qi charging pad as well as a USB battery. You can get much higher capacity batteries for cheaper. Ones with Qi charging tend to be in the $40-$50 range, so with the price drop it is more reasonable for a nicer looking device.
  13. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I don't know why anyone is socked by this as it's what humans do (I will refrain from saying stupid humans as who am I to judge!)

    It's not WHAT it is, it's who makes it.

    I make a clay pot, and no one will want it.
    Someone famous makes the exact same pot and people will pay 1000's for it.

    Same with a painting. A few coloured lines by an artist £1 million. The same picture with my name on it £ if I'm lucky.

    Or let's talk about designed brand clothing? Same quality materials and product, but just sew on your logo and WHOOSH charge 4x the price

    I'm not saying I agree with this as it's dumb, but why should TESLA be any different. Branding is what so many care about these days.
    We could even talk about Apple accessories that are worse then 3rd party ones, but people pay the extra as it's got the Apple logo on it.
  14. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Will have to see how long it'll take for these to sellout once they are up for sale - whoever is in charge of their gadgets sales just knocks them out of the park.

    No I don't think they've put these up for order yet. Seems to be an announcement of a future release announcement.
  15. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    @jclardy isn't talking about the sale of this batch of chargers. He's referencing the first batch that went on sale and sold out in less than an hour.
  16. predation, Sep 11, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018

    predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    [​IMG] Reaching for straws now.

    Gotta get rid of those punctured batteries somehow.
  17. photograft macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2016
    Mophie batteries are priced similarly aren’t they?
  18. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    it’s funny how everyone here is so butthurt about Elon and Tesla. Probably read there same comments about Jobs and Apple on other forums. Y’all are no different lol
  19. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    WHO is? There is just 17 replies on this tread an they are all about the charging accessory itself.

    I like Elon and Tesla cars but this accessory doesn’t seem like a must have at first sight.
  20. blacktape242 macrumors 65832


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    someone is buying them. nothing wrong with that I guess.
  21. Packers1958 macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2017
    South Dakota
    Don’t worry, Tim Cook will top that tomorrow with the debut of Apple’s $200 fast charger.
  22. imola.zhp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    Mud Island (Memphis), TN
    Why would a company that is trying to be “green” sell a wireless charger with likely abysmal efficiency?

    Another fail from Tesla.
  23. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    It just works.
  24. nutmac, Sep 11, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018

    nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Among the well known brands (e.g., Anker, Mophie), I don't think there are any yet.

    If you consider RAVPower to be well known enough, it does offer $49.99 10,400 mAh charger with 7.5 W fast charging.

    I think that makes Tesla's now $49 6,000 mAh wireless battery charger a good value. In comparison, Mophie charges whopping $80 for a charge stream powerstation wireless ($100 for 10,000 mAh) that IMO doesn't look quite as nice as Tesla's.

    Granted, you can do better by traveling with both USB battery pack and portable 7.5W Qi charger, but it would be less elegant.
  25. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    You're too hard on yourself. I think your clay pots are delightful.

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